The Team

Armine Avagyan

Natural Resources and Climate Change Consultant
Climate, Energy and Tenure Division (NRC) FAO

"With MICCA I would like to develop and disseminate technical solutions for responsible peatlands management which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from intensively managed peatlands and improve livelihoods of the local people."

Riccardo Biancalani
Natural Resource Officer
Climate, Energy and Tenure Division (NRC) FAO

“I am interested in working with the partner countries in the linkages between climate change, land management and food security. I hope that we will be able to use our technical work within the MICCA program for supporting development actions and sustainable use of natural resources.”

Giacomo Branca
Agricultural and Resource Economist
Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA) FAO

"I hope that policy makers will be more aware of the beneficial effects of sustainable production practices on crop yields and will promote incentive mechanisms to increase adoption of such practices among farmers."

Louis Bockel
Agricultural Policy Support Officer
Policy Assistance Support Service (TCSP) FAO

"Mainstreaming climate-smart agriculture is now being seen as the ‘right way to work’ for country policy-makers and for donors in all agriculture development. MICCA will provide important support to this process."

Rocío Danica Condor Golec
Climate Change Officer
Climate, Energy and Tenure Division (NRC) FAO

“I hope I can contribute to facilitating collaboration among different climate change actors, and supporting capacity development of member countries on their agriculture national greenhouse gas inventory”.


Alessandro Ferrera
Agronomist - Greenhouse Gas inventory
Climate, Energy and Tenure Division (NRC) FAO

"I see MICCA as a very important opportunity to improve data and assessments on greenhouse gas emissions and support rural areas in adopting appropriate mitigation strategies to ensure sustainable agriculture and food security."

Claudia García
Climate Change Consultant
Climate, Energy and Tenure Division (NRC) FAO

“I am interested in helping practitioners have the opportunity to reach out and exchange information with other practitioners in other parts of the world for implementing climate-smart agriculture practices."

Pierre Gerber
Livestock Policy Officer
Livestock Information, Sector Analysis and Policy Branch (AGAL) FAO

"I would like to see MICCA identify effective policy and technical options for the reduction of emissions per unit of product in the agricultural sector, thereby providing pathways for the sector to grow while minimizing its impact on climate."


Heather Jacobs
Climate Change Consultant
Climate, Energy and Tenure Division (NRC) FAO

"It is an exciting time to be part of the MICCA project.  I am interested in being part of the further development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in the Agriculture, Forestry, and other Land Uses (AFOLU) sectors.   It is very important for developing countries to use NAMAs as an opportunity to effect climate change mitigation while simultaneously addressing food security and sustainable development."

Kaisa Karttunen
Senior Climate Change Officer
Climate, Energy and Tenure Division (NRC) FAO

"I have joined the MICCA team at an interesting stage where we focus on communicating and disseminating the knowledge and results gathered since 2010 to the end users, including farmers, practitioners, policy makers, UN partners and NGOs."


Christiane Kessl
Tenure, Climate and Energy Division (NRC) FAO

"It’s my hope that MICCA will contribute to climate change being considered a serious problem that everyone must face together and make meaningful investments to deal with. It shouldn’t be seen the last issue to resolve on the international agenda and taking responsibility  for it shouldn’t be put off."

Josephine Kirui
MICCA-East Africa Dairy Development Project (EADD) Facilitator

"I would like to see rural development programs embrace climate-smart practices by mainstreaming climate-smart agriculture in all rural based development projects."


Erasto M. Massoro
MICCA-Project Field Coordinator
CARE Tanzania

"Strengthened institutional capacity is needed to improve dissemination of climate-smart agriculture information and coordinate over large areas and numbers of farmers. Financial support is inevitable to enable smallholders to make the transition to climate-smart agriculture."


Robert Mayo
Senior statistician
Economic and Social Development Department (ES) FAO

"We look forward to MICCA strengthening countries’ ability to gather, compile and analyse greenhouse gas related data from the agricultural sector."

Mathew M. Mpanda
MICCA-Associate Scientist
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Tanzania

"The uptake of Climate Smart Agriculture practices by smallholder farmers is meaningful if it addresses their needs in terms of food security and poverty reduction in the easiest and most practical way comprehensible. The complex, costly and labour intensive technologies of CSA need to be unpacked and simplified to make them attractive to smallholder farmers." 



Constance Neely
Senior Consultant - Land, Livelihoods and Climate Change
Climate, Energy and Tenure Division (NRC) FAO

"The MICCA pilot projects offer an opportunity to obtain the scientific evidence to demonstrate how integrated farming systems and landscape management can mitigate agricultural emissions while ensuring functional ecosystem processes and improved productivity. I hope farmers and pastoralists will then be recognized for their stewardship of the natural resource base that supports us all."

Maria Nuutinen
Associate Professional Officer
Climate, Energy and Tenure Division (NRC) FAO

"There are remarkable amounts of enthusiasm, knowledge and courage being channelled toward preventing catastrophic changes in global weather patterns. My aspiration is that MICCA becomes part of shared movement that will make agriculture climate-smart and help farmers everywhere provide for people’s needs."

Carolyn Opio
Natural Resource Officer
Livestock Information, Sector Analysis and Policy Branch (AGAL) FAO

"MICCA makes its case by providing a basis for the advancement and understanding of climate change mitigation while bridging the gap between science and policy. In this process, I hope we will be able to demonstrate that sustainable low-carbon agriculture development is possible and can bring with it environmental rewards."



Janie Rioux
Natural Resource Officer
Climate, Energy and Tenure Division (NRC) FAO

"The MICCA pilot projects demonstrate how smallholder farmers can contribute to climate change mitigation through the integration of climate-smart practices into their farming system, while improving their livelihoods and agricultural production. The experience from the field is shared with local and national decision makers to help design appropriate incentive mechanisms for upscaling and mainstreaming climate-smart agriculture into agricultural investment programme and policy."

Todd Rosenstock
Research Fellow, Climate Change and Land Health
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

"MICCA pilot projects develop and implement robust methods to identify, verify, and scale climate-smart agricultural practices at whole-farm and landscape scales. The information generated helps to fill critical gaps in knowledge and supports decision making at multiple levels, ranging from farmers to policy makers." 



Mirella Salvatore
Statistician, Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Climate, Energy and Tenure Division (NRC) FAO

"Providing advice on mitigation policies requires solid information on greenhouse gas emissions. But currently we have many gaps in our data. With MICCA, I want to contribute to building a global information base on greenhouse gas emissions and help countries to improve their capacity to collect and monitor data." 

Francesco Tubiello
Natural Resource Officer
Climate, Energy and Tenure Division (NRC) FAO

‘’I would like to see climate change addressed in ways that enhance rural development and improve food security. MICCA can provide the robust data, accessible knowledge and practical guidelines needed by farmers, countries and the international community to take action.’’ 



last updated:  Thursday, September 11, 2014